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Russia in Crimea targets opponents of Russia's illegal occupation, - Ukraine in ECHR

"The United Nations and other international institutions have already condemned this ongoing pattern of the political persecutions and human rights violations targeted against opponents of Russia's unlawful occupation of Crimea," Ukrainian representative in ECHR Ivan Lischyna said
20:04, 11 September 2019

Ben Emmerson
European Court of Human Rights

Russia in annexed Crimea targets opponents of Russia's illegal occupation. This was stated at September 11 hearing of Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights by the representative from Ukraine Ben Emmerson. The court hearing was brodcasted on the official ECHR website.

"The targets of Russia's campaign of human rights violations and persecutions have one thing in common: they were all actual of preceived opponents of Russia's illegal occupation," counsel Ben Emmerson said.

"Mr.President, judges of the court, the United Nations and other international institutions have already condemned this ongoing pattern of the political persecutions and human rights violations targeted against opponents of Russia's unlawful occupation of Crimea. But these inteventions have not so far succeeded in bringing the violations to an end. An administrative practice in ongoing to this day. Only a ruling of this court on the merits of an inter-state complaint is capable of doing that," Ukrainian representative in ECHR Ivan Lischyna said.

As it was reported earlier, the Grand Chamber of the European Court for Human Rights is hearing the case of Ukraine versus Russia, which is related to Crimea. Ukraine was represented by Ivan Lishchyna, the country's Envoy for ECHR Affairs.

The ruling on the case will not be made on the same day, but at a later stage.

Ukraine's lawsuit concerns multiple violations that Russia violated after taking effective control over the Crimean peninsula on February 2014. These measures violate numerous provisions of the Convention for Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms and certain protocols of this Convention.

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